The Dubners of Duanesburg

Who knew: Stephen Dubner -- of Freakonomics fame -- grew up in Duanesburg, and he shares some stories of his upbringing there with the Gazette's Sara Foss. By the way: here's Dubner's first cover article in the NYT Magazine (from 1996) -- it mentions a rather odd birthday ritual from his childhood (a Duanesburg thing or just a Dubner thing?). (Thanks, Duncan!)

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You know what's creepier than the Dubners' ritual?
The idea that people read the very same article on the NYT website back in 1996.

You know, that little hamlet of Quaker Street has had quite a few celebrities pass through it.

The actor Frankie Faison was living there a few years ago. Harrison Ford flew up there with John Travolta to look at some property in Duanesburg a few years before that. And...back in the forties, Ginger Rogers married a man from Quaker Street (her fifth husband). Look magazine did a whole photo shoot of Ginger's visit to Quaker Street.

Here's an article I wrote about Ginger Rogers and Quaker Street. The article includes photos from Look:

http://duncancrary.com/writing/

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